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NBA Commerce Rumors: Cavs Need a 3-and-D Wing; Nets’ Cam Johnson, Finney-Smith Linked

Julia Stumbaugh July 4, 2024 John Fisher/Getty Images The Cleveland Cavaliers want a three-and-D wing, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, and Brooklyn Nets’ Cam Johnson or Dorian Finney-Smith could be part of their search. “I know that they would love to get another three-and-D wing—a three-and-D wing,” Lowe said said Wednesday on ESPN’s The Lowe

NBA Commerce Rumors: Cavs Need a 3-and-D Wing; Nets’ Cam Johnson, Finney-Smith Linked

Julia StumbaughJuly 4, 2024

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The Cleveland Cavaliers need a three-and-D wing, in response to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, and Brooklyn Nets’ Cam Johnson or Dorian Finney-Smith could possibly be a part of their search.

“I do know that they might like to get one other three-and-D wing—a three-and-D wing,” Lowe mentioned mentioned Wednesday on ESPN’s The Lowe Publish podcast (56:45 mark.)

He added: “I am truly just a little stunned that Cam Johnson and Finney-Smith, certainly one of them has not been traded but.”

The Cavaliers have restricted draft capital to deal in a possible commerce and subsequent have full management over a first-round choose in 2030.

Johnson is signed on for 3 extra seasons, whereas Finney-Smith is beneath group management for yet another marketing campaign with a participant possibility for 2025-26.

Exterior of Ben Simmons and Bojan Bogdanović, each of whom are set to play the 2024-25 season on expiring contracts, Johnson and Finney-Smith could possibly be the Nets’ two most beneficial commerce items this summer time.

The New York Publish‘s Brian Lewis believes “not less than one” of the pair will likely be moved this summer time as Brooklyn seems to retool from a playoff miss final season.

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The Cavaliers must construct out their wing depth across the newly-extended Donovan Mitchell with a purpose to construct a roster that may make it previous the second spherical in 2025.

However the Cavs probably would not be the one group bidding on Johnson and Finney-Smith in the event that they resolve to pitch the Nets.

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported Monday that the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic had been taken with Johnson.

Scotto has additionally reported that the Philadelphia 76ers have “exploratory curiosity” in Finney-Smith.

Given the rising curiosity in three-and-D wings after the Boston Celtics’ dominant run to a playoff title this summer time, the costs for commerce candidates like Johnson or Finney-Smith could possibly be excessive.

That might nonetheless be price it for a Cavaliers group in search of constant protection and taking pictures. Finney-Smith, who shot 42.1 p.c from the sphere and 34.8 p.c from deep final season, appears more likely to decline his possibility in favor of the open market given the rising costs for gamers along with his talent set. That may make him a extra reasonably priced commerce possibility for the draft capital-strapped Cavaliers if the Nets resolve to market him.

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